Southeast Energy News

Kentucky counties owed more than $1 million by bankrupt coal company

COAL: Subsidiaries of a bankrupt coal company owned by a former University of Kentucky trustee still owe local governments more than $1 million in taxes. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

ALSO:
• The Appalachian Regional Commission announces $44 million in grants to help create jobs in coal communities. (Associated Press)
• A memorial will be dedicated in southeast Kentucky to victims of black lung disease. (Associated Press)

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EFFICIENCY: A recent report finds that utilities are the main obstacle to Virginia reaching its energy efficiency potential. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Florida announces plans to spend more than $116 million of Volkswagen settlement money to replace diesel buses with electric. (WUSF)
• Cherokee Nation leaders push Oklahoma lawmakers to invest more in electric vehicles. (News 9)

SOLAR:
• Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring how solar energy can help schools save money. (KGOU)
• At a public hearing this week, residents of a Georgia county weighed the pros and cons of a proposed 1.1 GW solar farm that could be one of the largest in the country. (WALB, Associated Press)
• A Florida congressman tours what is expected to be the world’s largest solar energy storage project. (WWSB)

OIL & GAS:
• At an event in Houston, Chevron’s CEO says the industry should take more of a leadership role in reducing methane emissions. (Houston Chronicle)
• The head of the Louisiana Oil and Gas association tells members to become more active on social media because “we are losing the public relations battle.” (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)
• Federal officials say evacuations ahead of Hurricane Barry led to a 330,000 barrel decline in Gulf oil production in July. (Houston Chronicle)
• An ornate 24-foot conference table owned by T. Boone Pickens will be moved to the Oklahoma governor’s office. (Associated Press)

FOSSIL FUELS: An economist says West Virginia is too dependent on the energy industry, and “people have known about this for decades.” (Register-Herald)

JOBS: A $50,000 grant will help a coalition in Austin, Texas train at-risk youth for jobs in the clean energy industry. (Patch)

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UTILITIES: A new license plate in North Carolina honors utility line workers, with the phrase “keeping the lights on.” (Sun Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A Kentucky advocate says recent net metering changes will undermine access to solar energy in the state. (Frankfort State Journal)
• A writer urges us not to forget about Kentucky coal miners who are still awaiting their paychecks. (Catholic News Service)

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